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    Falls tourists treated to free trolley

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    Tourists can enjoy free trolley rides in Niagara Falls – starting today.

    The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is providing the service to visitors at participating hotels.

    The service runs via the Niagara Falls Blvd. and Pine Avenue bus route. Service will be available only on weekends in may and from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of the year, but will be a seven day week service from June 1 to Oct. 31.

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    From GO Transit:

    Our seasonal excursion train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto is starting up again!

    In addition to our year-round bus service, passengers can take the train between Toronto and Niagara Falls starting Victoria Day weekend. The trains will be stopping at Union, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls stations.

    For 2011, this service will run on the following weekends:

    • Victoria Day weekend (May 20–23, 2011)
    • June 24 – September 5, 2011
    • Thanksgiving weekend (October 7–10, 2011)


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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    For two decades it reigned as perhaps Western New York’s premier winter time event. The Niagara Falls, NY Festival of Lights drew millions of tourists in a traditionally drab time of year for the hospitality industry, and once captured the American Bus Association’s coveted designation as the number one event in North America.

    Beginning in 1981 travelers descended in droves upon the Falls for the festival’s annual 44 day run starting Thanksgiving weekend, to see the electric light parade, and the more than 1-million lights which twinkled in the Falls’ South End as well as indoor animated displays, concerts, and athletic events.

    But by the time the new century began, the luster had worn off. Competing events sliced into the festival’s once unique status and corporations, notably Carborundum and Occidental, left Niagara Falls taking their sponsorship dollars with them.

    Now, about a decade after the once vaunted event went dark, there are plans being laid for its return.

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